Little and large: two performance Fords hit LA
Another classic feature from the last 20 years of TG mag: can a 'world car' work for passionate performance sub-brands?
Posted: 18 Oct 2013
TF: Funny that. It feels like the idea of a world performance car - a fast car that works in lots of markets - still needs to feel slightly edgy. That's the common theme for any fast Ford, whether you're talking about the Mustang or an ST. And I still envy Pat in the Mustang. Right here, right now, it's the best car in the world. But not the best car for the world. And on the flipside of that, the Fiesta ST makes me confident that we're not looking blankly at a future filled with tepid tweakery. It might not be the fastest, but it keys into a theme of the past couple of years: accessibility. Fast without fear. Both in terms of paying for it, and also in terms of being able to enjoy a car without having to take it to a race track. More than that, this is the smallest, plainest fast Ford, and it's good, simple fun. At 17 grand, it offers hot-hatch thrills for warm-hatch bills, and is an object lesson in neat front-wheel-drive handling.
Obviously encephalopathic old dinosaurs like the Mustang sweat character. But cars these days are produced for a global market, and they're too specific to survive. Enjoy them while we have them, and take heart in the fact that cars like the Fiesta ST aren't all that far away from greatness - they bode well. The shape of the landscape is changing, but on the strength of this, Ford still knows how to paint a pretty picture.